Sayaka Mikami of Japan performs in the women's 3-meter springboard diving final during the world aquatics championships in the southwestern Japan city of Fukuoka on July 21, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the latest list of selected news summaries by Kyodo News.


China proposes high-level talks with Tokyo, Seoul, with eye to summit

TOKYO - China has proposed three-way vice-foreign ministerial-level talks with Japan and South Korea, diplomatic sources said Sunday, a move Tokyo views as underscoring Beijing's enthusiasm for a three-nation summit this year, the first in four years.

China's top diplomat Wang Yi made the proposal when he met with Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi in Jakarta on July 14, even as the two countries are at odds over Tokyo's plan to release treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex into the sea around this summer, the sources said.


Sumo: Hoshoryu beats Hokutofuji in playoff for maiden championship

NAGOYA - Sekiwake Hoshoryu captured his first elite makuuchi-division championship after beating rank-and-file wrestler Hokutofuji in a playoff Sunday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.

The 24-year-old nephew of former Mongolian great Asashoryu is also set for promotion to ozeki after finishing with a 12-3 record that gives him 33 wins over three consecutive meets as a sekiwake, meeting a key benchmark to attain sumo's second-highest rank.


Football: Haaland bags brace as Man City beat J-League's Marinos 5-3

TOKYO - Erling Haaland struck twice in the second half to help Manchester City secure a 5-3 comeback win against J-League champions Yokohama F Marinos in Sunday's international club friendly at Tokyo's National Stadium.

Visiting Japan on their preseason summer tour, the UEFA Champions League winners had their work cut out early against a Marinos outfit in midseason form.


Swimming: Ariarne Titmus sets women's 400m freestyle world record

FUKUOKA - Australia's Ariarne Titmus set the women's 400-meter freestyle world record at the world aquatics championships Sunday in Japan.

Titmus won in 3 minutes, 55.38 seconds at Marine Messe Fukuoka, finishing 3.35 seconds ahead of American runner-up Katie Ledecky.


Japan's export curbs on chip-making equipment to China take effect

TOKYO - Japanese restrictions on exports of advanced chip-manufacturing equipment took effect Sunday, in line with U.S.-led efforts to stymie China's ability to develop high-end semiconductors capable of being used for military purposes.

With the revision of a trade ministry ordinance under the foreign exchange law, Japan added 23 chip-manufacturing items that require approval for export. The move has triggered a backlash from China, though Japan did not specify that the world's second-largest economy is the main target of the export restrictions.


FOCUS: Markets skeptical whether BOJ will change ultraloose policy

TOKYO - Despite inflation staying well above the Bank of Japan's 2 percent target, financial markets are skeptical about whether the central bank will make any changes to its ultraeasy monetary policy at its upcoming meeting.

Given this prevailing view, a shift in Japan's ultraloose policy could have wide-ranging repercussions, similar to when the central bank raised the 10-year yield cap to 0.5 percent in a surprise move in December to rectify market distortions.


3 hurt in stabbing on Osaka train, knife-carrying suspect arrested

OSAKA - Three people were injured in a stabbing incident on a train in Osaka, western Japan, on Sunday, with the male perpetrator promptly arrested, local authorities said.

A staff member of the Rinku-Town Station made an emergency call reporting the stabbing to police around 10:25 a.m. The incident is believed to have taken place while the train was in motion.


Skateboarding: Yuto Horigome wins best trick at X Games California

LOS ANGELES - Japan's Yuto Horigome won the men's skateboard street best trick at the X Games California on Saturday, rising to the top with his eighth and final attempt.

The Tokyo Olympic gold medalist executed a nollie backside 270 nose slide -- a rotating jump onto an obstacle before sliding along it on the nose of the board -- to finish above Americans Braden Hoban in second and Nyjah Huston in third.


Benesse to launch AI service to help kids with research projects

TOKYO - Japanese education services company Benesse Corp. will offer a new service to help elementary school students with their research projects using generative artificial intelligence during the summer break.

The service, which will be provided for free on its website for parents, will make suggestions and offer tips to help students search research themes and compile their findings, the company said in a recent press release.


Cambodians vote in general election, with main opposition barred

PHNOM PENH - Cambodians began casting their ballots Sunday in a general election in which the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen is seen as certain to win a landslide victory in the absence of viable opposition.

The government of Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, has urged people to go to the polls amid the opposition's campaigns to boycott the election, a second consecutive National Assembly election with no real opposition following the 2018 one.


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